President Trump, accompanied by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence, answers questions Wednesday after signing an executive order that would end the practice of separating family members who are apprehended while illegally entering the US. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Melania Makes Surprise Visit: FLOTUS travels to a detention center in Texas that houses immigrant children
National Enquirer Records Reportedly Subpoenaed in Trump Lawyer Investigation: The records were related to a $150,000 payment
Kim K. Calls Family Separation "Heartbreaking": But says she doesn't have the influence to change every WH policy she doesn't like
Kate is off. Her section will return tomorrow.
What Washington is Talking About: The House is expected to vote today on an immigration bill that would fund the border wall and provide a path to citizenship for children of people who entered the country illegally, and Jason Kessler, the man who organized the white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, has filed a request with the National Park Service to hold a "white civil rights rally" in front of the White House in August.
What America is Talking About: Airlines have weighed in on President Trump's immigration policies, Instagram just launched IGTV, and Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, died at age 46.
Poll of the Day: There's so much good stuff to go through in the 2018 survey on perceived accuracy and bias in the news media released Wednesday by Gallup and the Knight Foundation. But what stood out to me the most was this look at what media organizations Americans find biased, by party. Republicans and Repub leaners basically believe the entire news media is biased, with Fox News and the Wall Street Journal barely squeaking out with net positives.
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Melania Makes Surprise Visit to Texas Detention Center: The first lady is in McAllen, Texas, today to visit to the facility, which is housing some of the immigrant children who have been separated from their parents after they entered the US illegally. Kate's traveling with FLOTUS, who said she's there to learn about the center and find out how she can help the children. Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady "wanted to see as close to what she had been seeing on TV."
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Trump Planning on Meeting Putin This Summer: There's no official announcement or date, but two diplomatic sources say Trump and Putin are planning on meeting in mid-July, when Trump visits Europe.
Trump Signs Immigration EO That Doesn't Reunite Families Already Separated: After falsely saying that his administration's policy to separate families at the border was the other party's fault and that it couldn't be solved by an executive order, Trump signed an executive order yesterday, flanked by his Homeland Security secretary, who falsely tweeted last week that the US doesn't separate families at the border. The EO doesn't say what will happen to children who have already been separated from their parents, who are being housed in various facilities across the country.
Investigation Into Trump's Lawyer Reportedly Subpoenas National Enquirer Records: Records related to a $150,000 payment the National Enquirer made to Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump, have been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into Michael Cohen, per the Wall Street Journal.
Twitter Locks Accounts that Tweeted Stephen Miller's Phone Number: The website Splinter published a phone number it said was Miller's, encouraging readers to reach out with their thoughts on Trump's immigration policies. After tweeting the number, Twitter temporarily locked @splinter_news, as well as accounts for journalists who tweeted the number.
White House Intends to Donate Food from Canceled Picnic: The White House Congressional picnic scheduled for today was canceled by Trump, who told the media that "it just didn't feel right to me." The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said there are plans to donate as much of the food as possible. Here are the tables and a box labeled "Popcorn Machine" at the White House that won't be used today:
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DJTJ's Interest in Politics is Pretty New: GQ is out with a story on Donald Trump Jr., who friends and associates say wasn't particularly into politics before his father ran for office. "He wasn't a political animal until this started," Charlie Kirk said. "He did it to help his dad. He got dragged into this fight out of loyalty."
Kim K Calls Family Separation "Heartbreaking": Kim Kardashian West, who recently opened a pop-up shop at Westfield Century City, spoke with KTLA yesterday and was asked about the Trump administration's policy. She called it "heartbreaking" and said "I don't know what I would do if those were my children." She said she's received tweets from people asking if she could do something about it.
Earlier this month, President Trump commuted the life sentence of a first-time drug offender, days after Kardashian West met with Trump about Alice Johnson's case.
"I don't have access to everything," the reality TV star told KTLA. "I don't work for the White House, I don't have influence."
And the woman who literally wrote the book on selfies said she's over them. "I don't take selfies anymore. I don't really like them as much," Kardashian West said. "I don't mind pictures, but I'm not on my phone like I used to be."
Street Art Sighting: The street art group Indecline said it took over a Billboard in Emeryville, California, overnight. Artists painted over a 1-800-GOT-JUNK billboard, turning the phrase "We make junk disappear" to "We make kids disappear," and adding "-I.C.E." They shared a video and this photo with me: